On his fourth day in Belgrade, Rev. Jesse Jackson succeeds in winning the release of the three American hostages after negotiating with Milosevic.
An Apache helicopter crashes in Albania while on a training mission. Two U.S. pilots are killed, becoming the only NATO casualties during the air strikes.
The first group of ethnic Albanian refugees from Kosovo arrives in the U.S. Before and during the course of the air strikes, hundreds of thousands of Kosovars abandoned their homes—some forced by Serb troops, others by fear. The result was a massive refugee crisis that primarily affected neighboring countries Albania and Macedonia. Western countries helped ease the burden by offering refuge to some of the 860,000 ethnic Albanians who left Kosovo between March and June.
Three Chinese journalists are killed in Belgrade when NATO accidentally bombs the Chinese Embassy. NATO attributes the mistake to outdated maps. Massive protests erupt in Beijing, where American ambassador James Sasser is trapped in the US embassy for more than 48 hours. The mistake puts an even greater strain on the delicate relationship between China and the United States.
More than 80 ethnic Albanians are killed and at least 100 are injured, by Yugoslav count, when NATO bombs a village believed to have been a Serb military post. NATO claims the victims were being used by Serb troops as human shields.
NATO again hits an unintended target—a KLA stronghold. One member of the rebel group is killed and at least 15 more are injured.
The UN's International War Crimes Tribunal formally indicts Milosevic and four other Yugoslav officials for crimes against humanity. They are accused of being responsible for the deportation of 740,000 ethnic Albanians from Kosovo this year as well as the murder of more than 340 identified victims. NATO fears that the indictment may complicate the process of negotiating a peace plan.